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    This is the first year that I used a "real"...

    This is the first year that I used a "real" tapping bit, and not just any old drill bit I had laying around, and I was very surprised to see how easy they came out. Most I could literally pull out...
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    Done for the season - pulled the taps on the...

    Done for the season - pulled the taps on the buckets yesterday. It was so nice not to come home and first thing have to collect! Boiled sat and sunday, drained as much as I could from the pan and...
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    I have never had purple sap! I'm thinking easter...

    I have never had purple sap! I'm thinking easter egg dying??

    Seriously, I have had red-tinged sap, and I believe it is just bacteria. It usually happens when there is only a small amount of sap...
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    Sap ran good today! Practically nothing the few...

    Sap ran good today! Practically nothing the few days prior. I will be boiling tomorrow, and maybe Sunday if I don't finish it all. I had maybe 60 gal in my ss tank that has been frozen for the...
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    frozen up again today! "no sap for you!" I am...

    frozen up again today! "no sap for you!"
    I am hoping for this week having a decent run then pulling the taps on sunday. Of course that is what the forecast looks like now. I am just leery of...
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    I plugged mine into a power strip, then just turn...

    I plugged mine into a power strip, then just turn the strip on and off.

    This is my second year with my RO10 kit. It significantly reduced the amount of wood and time needed!! I ran clean (store...
  7. Wood fired- once you get it going, and super hot,...

    Wood fired- once you get it going, and super hot, it will take a looooooong time for it to stop boiling. I don't feel comfortable walking away for at least an hour after feeding it for the last...
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    Sugar content increases as the height of your tap...

    Sugar content increases as the height of your tap increases??? How much? Is it worth getting a ladder out and tapping at the top of the ladder next year? I only have taps in my backyard, I am not...
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    My plan was to fashion a cap that I can put on...

    My plan was to fashion a cap that I can put on and take off with a really long pole. Haven’t gotten to it yet, but that was the idea. Primarily to keep the rain out and keep it from rusting.
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    Ditto!! It so so great to see kids involved...

    Ditto!!

    It so so great to see kids involved and have a blast!
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    Personally, I would get a new hydrometer, then...

    Personally, I would get a new hydrometer, then compare the old to the new, and then you can mark where on the old one, certain sugar contents are. Then you have a back-up!
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    Finally have enough sap to use the RO!!! I took...

    Finally have enough sap to use the RO!!! I took it out of storage today, and no smell! I will know tomorrow if it still works, after I test the sugar content of the permeate and concentrate! I...
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    Are they silver maples? The only silver maple I...

    Are they silver maples? The only silver maple I ever tapped gave brownish sap. The first time I saw it in the bucket I dumped it. I was convinced someone took a wiz on it. But when it was still...
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    Can you take the membranes out of the cartridge? see if you can get flow with empty cartridges, then make sure the membranes are in correctly.
    ???
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    Bonus Question answer - Trees are people too! ...

    Bonus Question answer - Trees are people too! Maybe they are just having a bad day!

    I would not pull a tap just to tap a different tree. Make sure you tapped correctly, didn't pound the taps...
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    I do almost exactly what Openwater does. I also...

    I do almost exactly what Openwater does. I also leave a good amount of tubing in the bucket, probably more than I need. I didn't think of cutting the tubing at an angle, but I am sure that would...
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    Put up 14 buckets - 28 taps this afternoon in the...

    Put up 14 buckets - 28 taps this afternoon in the next door neighbors yard. still have trees in the neighbor across the street. Maybe tomorrow!

    So I volunteer at the Dudley Farm Maple Syrup...
  18. Are you sure they are tap holes? Could they be...

    Are you sure they are tap holes? Could they be from woodpeckers?

    To have that many tap holes still visible after three years . . . .
    How old to the tap holes look? Are they all in the same stage...
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    When you leave the lines full all year, do you...

    When you leave the lines full all year, do you leave them full of the calcium chloride solution or plain water?
    Thanks!
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    I would consider boiling more often. You...

    I would consider boiling more often. You mentioned RO-ing and boiling the next day - good - make sure you don't go more than the day ahead. I would continue to RO while you are boiling. You can...
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    I tapped today!!!! Couldn't wait any longer -...

    I tapped today!!!!

    Couldn't wait any longer - like an itch that you just have to scratch. 43 taps on tubing. We had to finish running some tubing - all new this year so not as simple as just...
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    Ok - I hope I didn't screw up my membranes. I...

    Ok - I hope I didn't screw up my membranes.

    I have a RO 10 bucket kit, just got it last year. At the end of the year last year, I did the prescribed wash with the soap that came with the kit, and...
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    Down closer to the coast, it looks a little more...

    Down closer to the coast, it looks a little more promising. I am also getting antsy!!! I might be tempted to start after this cold snap and snow, in a few days.
  24. If you are getting an RO Bucket, they are really...

    If you are getting an RO Bucket, they are really compact, and don't take up much room. They are also very easy to pick up and bring inside, if you are worried about freezing. This way, you can heat...
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    I know this isn't going to help, or answer your...

    I know this isn't going to help, or answer your question, but I don't clean it til the end of the season. Between boils, I always have some left in the pan, which just continues to get boiled and...
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